WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is
demanding that federal regulators and American Airlines explain why
250,000 U.S. air travelers endured canceled flights last week
during safety inspections.
Peters told reporters Friday that she doesn't believe the
Federal Aviation Administration overreacted in insisting on the
rapid rewiring and checks of wiring on MD-80 jetliners. But as she
put it: "No one at all was well served by what happened last
The secretary ordered the FAA and the airline to explain to
within two weeks her what happened and why and how such massive
inconvenience to travelers could be avoided in the future while
still enforcing safety rules. American canceled about 3,100 flights
to do the inspections and fixes on its planes.
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